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Journey to the Center of the EarthCache

Earlier this year, the Geocaching HQ video team followed a team of brave geocachers on an endeavor that is unprecedented in the Geocaching world. Their ultimate goal: to find the most difficult EarthCache in the world. The video detailing their journey is now live for the geocaching community.

EarthCaches were created as a joint partnership with Geocaching.com and the Geological Society of America. There’s no physical container, but each EarthCache teaches you an Earth science lesson. Once at the coordinates, geocachers must answer certain questions in order to log a find.

Find an EarthCache near you.

Ready to join the team? Get your HardCORE EarthCacher shirt and decals at Shop Geocaching.

It’s Time for Tick Talk

Professor Dog

Professor Dog

 

 

 

 

 


This guest post was written by Professor Dog, who is filling in for Community Manager Janelle Saylor this week.

 

Yes indeed - this image of ticks is disgusting - Image (c) California Department of Public Health

Yes indeed – this image of ticks is disgusting – Image (c) California Department of Public Health

My two-legged friends, it’s time to get serious about staying safe in the outdoors this year. It’s time for Tick Talk.

Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it’s important to avoid, check for, and remove ticks as soon as you find them. Removing ticks may help you avoid complications such as Lyme disease. Avid geocacher (and dedicated nurse) Kelley Piekarek* put together these safety tips so all outdoor enthusiasts can keep themselves safe during tick season.

Different types and sizes of ticks

Different types and sizes of ticks – Image (c) eMedicineHealth.com

How to prevent ticks:

  • Cover as much of your body as possible in grassy or wooded areas by wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants (with the legs tucked in to your socks), and a hat
  • Wear light-colored clothes – ticks are easier to spot on light colored clothing plus it’ll keep you cool
  • When you come in from the outdoors, check your entire body from head toe
  • When you come in from the outdoors, also check your entire pet from head to paw
  • Heat and sunshine can kill the ticks on clothing. Put your clothes in a hot dryer or lay them in direct sunlight for at least 15 minutes
  • Consider using insect repellents that contain DEET
  • Remember to check any gear (cameras, backpacks, dog collars) you were wearing for ticks, too!
Pants inside socks is actually quite fashionable

Pants inside socks is actually quite fashionable – Image (c) marisaincopenhagen.tumblr.com

GAH! I found a tick! How do I remove it?

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick key or  – do not handle the tick with bare hands
  • Grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible
  • Pull the tick straight away with even pressure
  • Do not grab the tick around its swollen belly or squeeze it – that could push infected fluid from the tick into your body
  • Do not twist the tick – this may break off the tick’s body and leave the head in your skin
  • After the tick has been removed, wash the area of the tick bite with lots of warm water, soap, and rubbing alcohol
  • Apply an over the counter antibiotic ointment on the bite
  • Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet or placing it in a sealed bag or container
  • If you cannot remove a tick, call your doctor or veterinarian
Make sure to check us from head to paw, too!

Make sure to check us from head to paw, too!

If you’ve been bitten by a tick and develop a rash, headache, joint pain, fever, or flu-like symptoms with a few weeks, you may have a tick-borne illness. A healthcare provider or veterinarian should evaluate you to determine the best course of treatment.

Stay safe out there my friends, and cache on! How do you stay safe while enjoying your favorite hobby?

 

*If the name Kelley Piekarek sounds familiar, it may be from this story that made national geocaching news in February of this year. Woof! 

 

Help Name the March 2015 Geocacher of the Month

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin.

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin.

You know you’re a geocacher if…

 

  • When you get asked, “Cash or Card?” you hand the teller a lock-n-lock…
  • You wake up early to be first in line for ammo can sales…
  • You’ve been to a CITO event (Cache In, Trash Out), and…
  • You’ve been nominated for Geocacher of the Month!

This month, these three awesome people know for certain that they’re geocachers (in case they had any doubts before).

Here’s your opportunity to  help decide who will take home the earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (at left). Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition geocoin, a hat and profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.

Without further ado, here are the March 2015 nominees for Geocacher of the Month.

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Schlurie is famous in Rheinland-Pfalz for creating fun and inspiring geocache hides. His particular specialty is birdhouse caches, which have generated a lot of “WOW” moments for geocachers over the years. His nomination comes from Gruet: “Es sind alles selbst gebastelte Vogelhäuschen der Extraklasse. Raffinierte Tricks zum Öffnen, versteckte Mechanismen und integrierte Elektronik. Alles mit Erlaubnis der Gemeinde in einem wunderschönen Waldgebiet installiert. Über 40 Favoritenpunkte in nur einem Monat sind selbst erklärend!” All the caches [in the series] are homemade birdhouses of the highest order. You’ll find clever tricks required to open them, hidden mechanisms, and even integrated electronics. All placed with permission from the land manager of a beautiful area of forest. Over forty favorite points in just one month!

 

 

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Idaho geocaching team Fivebales are all about strengthening their location geocaching community. Their nomination comes from you+me_makes4, who says, “I’d like to nominate Fivebales as Geocacher of the Month because of the amount of work that they put in behind the scenes. One half of Fivebales has been the Event Manager for the Yuma Mega Event for the past two years. It’s a largely thankless job that requires countless hours of work for an amazing annual Mega Event. The second half (and, I’m sure in her words, better half) of Fivebales has served as Secretary for South West Arizona Geocachers (S*W*A*G), the group that organizes the annual Mega. She also organizes a monthly newsletter that is sent out to every member of S*W*A*G to keep up on local happenings and events. The Yuma, Arizona geocaching community would not be where it is without them, and this is our way of thanking of them for all the hard work.”

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Missouri-based cacher chuck80196’s nomination comes from Stearman5: “This geocacher has found just about every geocache within the local area and is often traveling to other states to get his daily geocache. Chuck80196 has a current geocache find streak of over 1600 days with a find, and he is motivated to keep that steak going. After he passed 1,000 consecutive days with a find he was surprised at a local ice cream event with a golden ammo can; GC4F08J. He has over 880 first to finds and of late holds back to allow others the chance to get their first FTF; especially if he has already gotten his geocache for the day. He has over 4,900 finds and should pass 5,000 finds by April 5th of this year. He not only gives out favorite points but also receives them. Out of his 181 caches he has received 205 favorite points that is an average of 1.1 points per cache. And out of the caches he has found he has given out 460 of his 491 favorite points available that’s 94% given away. Chuck80196 is ALWAYS willing to help another geocacher out and if you know him he is probably the number one PAF [Phone A Friend] option on your list. And at events he is easily one of the most outgoing social persons at the event. Everyone loves to geocache with him and enjoys chatting it up when you cross paths with him.”

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the March 2015 Geocacher of the Month. 

 

If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher,

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:

  • Your name, the name of your nominee, their username
  • A picture of the nominee
  • Description (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the Month

Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other.

Abducted! — VESMIRNA FEDERACE (GC4RFG2) — Geocache of the Week

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I'm not sure how this UFO would even abduct a human. Photo by geocacher Hrejsi

I’m not sure how this UFO would even abduct a human. Photo by geocacher Hrejsi

Geocache Name:

VESMIRNA FEDERACE (GC4RFG2)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

As geocachers, we spend a lot of time in the wilderness. Sometimes, things can get a little weird. I’ve heard stories of Bigfoot sightings (or was that the A.P.E.?), tales of cache zombies, and now, a report of a UFO sighting. In fact, every geocacher that has found this geocache has reported a UFO sighting. Strange coincidence? Find it and you be the judge.

What the geocache owner, Skam, has to say:

“The cache Space Federation was created after publication of series Solar system, which is the master piece of my friends called SILENT HILL FAMILY (SHF). This funny series has on every stage kidnapped alien from each planets and you have to find out his appearance and then get final coordinates. By walking through these caches the idea came to my mind – it would be amazing to invent cache with the aim to free kidnapped aliens. And so that the plan was created. Spaceship MAKS from far cosmos lands on the Earth to rescue their friends. To fit into the story, I wrote quite long listing – it is in fact the Diary of the captain of the spaceship MAKS. The beta-test and even the negotiation about ransom  was done by SHF (see the listing).

I really enjoyed the process of producing this cache and hoped the people will appreciate it. And almost every log contains same enthusiasm of cachers, that I had during making it. Nice log is the only reward for owner and I am so glad for it. FP are then the icing on the cake. These logs give me energy into more similar or better caches.

At the end I would like to tell all community of geocaching – the log you write when finding the cache is the only reward for owner. Don´t save praise and critic as well! TCTF is not really saying anything.

Have nice time  with geocaching and discovering new places with this wonderful game!”

 

Photos:

It's descending from the skies! Photo by geocacher yodock&family

It’s descending from the skies! Photo by geocacher yodock&family

These geocachers come in peace. Photo by geocacher urotta

These geocachers come in peace. Photo by geocacher urotta

Not even this GeoPup is afraid of abduction! Photo by geocacher ptychozoon

Not even this GeoPup is afraid of abduction! Photo by geocacher ptychozoon

 

What’s your strangest geocaching story? Tell us in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!

Check out Geocaching.com’s new look!

We’re always striving to make better tools for the geocaching community. The addition of the new geocache search and Hide a Geocache page gave us an opportunity to think about how players navigate Geocaching.com. We found that most players who visit the website want to either learn about geocaching, play the game, gear up, or connect with the global geocaching community. The new navigation should help guide you to find exactly what you’re looking for  and leave the hunting around for when you’re in the field!

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What’s new:

ss-settingsHow do I access My Profile?

Click on your geocaching username or your profile image. This will take you to My Profile where you can access Lists, Geocaches, Trackable Items, Souvenirs, and more. 

How do I access Account Settings?

Look for the gear icon in the drop down under your username.

Where can I see my membership status?

You can see your membership status listed in Account Settings or My Profile.

Why is the font different on the website?

You have good eyes! In the name of consistency, we updated the font to be the same across Geocaching.com.

Oh no! My geocaching scripts aren’t working anymore. When will you fix these?

These scripts are made and maintained by members of the geocaching community, not by Geocaching HQ. Occasionally, updates like this will stop them from working. Usually, the geocachers who own and maintain the scripts are quick to fix them. Thanks for being patient!

How do I find…?

Sometimes less is more. These pages did not make it into the new navigation but you can still find them on our website here:

 

 

 

 


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